Kirkby Gallery: Out of the Archive

Saturday 30 May – Saturday 12 September 2015

Open daily


Out of the Archive is a special and unique exhibition for Knowsley, presenting work from the archives of one of the UK’s leading (and rare) photographic galleries: the Open Eye Gallery.

Taken from their permanent archive, containing photographs from the 1930s to the present day, this exhibition has been curated by John Davies, one Britain’s most outstanding photographers. It will feature work from some of the most important photographers of the past century, including: Bert Hardy, Edith Tudor-Hart, Martin Parr, Chris Steele-Perkins, John Stoddart and Tom Wood, plus discoveries previously unseen. The exhibition is timed to coincide with LOOK/15: Exchange, the Liverpool International Photography Festival (15-31 May 2015) and adds to the themes of women, migration and memory.

*Turning from artist to curator, John Davies interrogates one of the few photographic-gallery archives in the country.  Set up in 1977, the Open Eye Gallery is still one of the few galleries in the UK to focus solely on photography. Using its illustrious history, John tells of how he has constructed the exhibition in relation to LOOK/15, the Open Eye Gallery and Kirkby Gallery and how a single exhibition can be borne of a life’s worth of collecting. Light refreshments will be available.


The Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby, Knowsley, L32 8XY